In an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Baker-Polito Administration is urging the public to stay home as much as possible to avoid person-to-person contact. However, should individuals and their families need to get outside for healthy, outdoor recreational activities, including walking, hiking, jogging, and bike riding, Massachusetts state parks and other natural resources managed by DCR remain open and accessible to the public.
In an effort to maintain access to outdoor recreation while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, this page offers helpful resources for understanding social distancing rules and etiquette at Massachusetts State Parks. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Massachusetts State Parks are experiencing higher than average usage. To help guide you in choosing a park to visit, please see the Find a DCR Park Map below. This map will be updated regularly as parking restrictions and recommendations change.
Fall Foliage Season in the Parks
The parks come alive with color
Whether you prefer scenic drives to view summit vistas, peaceful walks against colorful foliage backdrops, or bike rides amongst falling leaves, find it all in Massachusetts state parks.
Visit the Massachusetts Fall Foliage webpage for more information.
Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation
Additional Resources for Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation
The New Salem and Enfield lookouts offer magnificent views of the reservoir.
Additional Resources for Quabbin Reservior
October Mountain State Forest
The name of "October Mountain" is attributed to writer Herman Melville, whose view from his home in Pittsfield of these hills in fall impressed him so.
Additional Resources for October Mountain State Forest
The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts provides a broad array of hiking opportunities for both the long-distance or day hiker.
Additional Resources for Appalachian Trail
Norwottuck Rail Trail
The Norwottock Rail Trail is an 11 mile path linking Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst along the former Boston & Main Railroad right-of-way.
Additional Resources for Norwottuck Rail Trail
Maudslay State Park
Additional Resources for Maudslay State Park
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
The rail trail offers outstanding views of scenery and abundant wildlife.
Additional Resources for Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Pope John Paul II Park Reservation
Additional Resources for Pope John Paul II Park Reservation
Ready to explore the great outdoors? Check out Massachusetts state parks.
You can get short-term and long-term permits to do a variety of activities in state parks.
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